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Houdini (n.)

"escape artist or other ingenious person," 1923, from Harry Houdini, professional name of U.S. escapist Erich Weiss (1874-1926).

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of Houdini from WordNet

Houdini (n.)
United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926);
Synonyms: Harry Houdini / Erik Weisz
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